Despite a new report that the job market is growing faster for graduates who have an associate’s degree on their resume
, there is evidence that companies are still looking for candidates who have slightly more education.
New analysis from job research company Burning Glass found that many employers are now requiring college degrees for positions that did not traditionally require postsecondary training.
Matthew Sigelmann, Burning Glass’s chief executive officer, told The New York Time s that at the very least, employers are using a bachelor’s degree as a sign of talent and ambition, regardless of what skills an applicant might have learned in college.
According to the Burning Glass data, the 10 occupations with the biggest percentage increases in college degree requirements include dental laboratory technicians, dental hygienists, chemical equipment operators and cargo and freight agents.
However, for candidates looking for a career in health care , many technical positions typically require skills that can be achieved through an associate’s degree or certification at a 2-year college or trade school.
Job seekers interested in working in the health care field may want to take an online aptitude test to determine if they have the right qualifications to find work or if they may need additional training.
A recent recruitment study from Michigan State University found that job growth has been robust for students with an associate’s degree in health care technology, business and computer science. The same study found college graduates with a bachelor’s degree on their resume are finding work in marketing, finance, human resources and advertising, while the market for advanced degree holders has fallen slightly over the past year.
Meanwhile, the Pew Foundation reports that college graduation levels are at an all time high because despite the job market, the majority of students believe adding an degree to a resume will improve their overall quality of life.
However, Mark Schneider, president of College Measures, a non-profit group that is working with several states to develop and publish information that compares the earning power of degrees, said students need to understand the value of a degree over the course of their work career.
When you’re thinking about what school to go to, what major to specialize in and how much money to borrow, you really should have some firm idea of the likely outcome of your investment of time and money, Schneider told USA Today.